- A sincere desire to resolve illegal immigration in a humane way, albeit with a more secure border.
- A long-running interest in reopening trade with Cuba, which he sees as the key to ousting the Castros and their totalitarian regime.
And that's about it. For some of us, Flake's congressional legacy includes certain other concerns. But those almost all arise not from having spurned conservative principles, but from clinging to them so fiercely.
Similarly, he has been reluctant to wade into Arizona-specific matters, notably involving economic development. Again, it is those nettlesome conservative principles getting in the way.
We cite these Jeff Flake "issues" -- which, let's be honest, are mostly attributes in a Republican primary race -- because Flake's main opponent in the primary, Mesa investor Wil Cardon, has spent his millions on campaign ads that often grossly distort Flake's tenure as a lawmaker.
To attempt to cast Flake as some kind of power-brokering Washington insider, as Cardon has done, is just at odds with reality. Jeff Flake has lost committee assignments and earned the enmity of GOP administrations precisely for being such a principled, conservative pain in the neck.
As for Cardon, the novice candidate has issues of his own, including some real concerns about a topic, illegal immigration, that Cardon has pushed front and center.
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